Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Parkdale

MT HOOD ORGANIC FARMS
08/16/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Odell, Parkdale
In the Hood River area south of Parkdale and Odell nestled in the hills of Mt Hood there is a family-owned organic farm. Mt Hood Organic Farms has been under the ownership of Brady and John Jacobson since 1981 who believe in sustainable farming techniques. They were in fact part of the original group that started the Fruit Loop in the Hood River area that celebrates local farms in the area.First and foremost, Mt. Hood Organic Farms is a family run farm, operated by Brady and John Jacobson, which just happens to be situated in a stunningly beautiful location at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley. The valley supplies about 30% of all the winter...  Read More
FRUIT LOOP
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River, Parkdale, Road Trip
The Fruit Loop in Hood River is a 35 mile scenic drive past of local farms filled with produce gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards, where youll find farm stands, wineries, breweries, alpaca ranches, lavender farms, and great jams, jellies, pies, wines, beer, and more. So jump in the car and enjoy the ride! This can be your family's local road trip!Grab a free Fruit Loop map anywhere along the Loop, or pick one up at the Hood River County Visitor Center. (Please note that this is an agricultural area, so not all businesses are open during the fall and winter season. Please check the Fruit Loop website for detailsand for a complete list of available u-pick...  Read More
R&D ORCHARDS
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Parkdale, The Dalles
Ryan Bond, a second-generation grower in The Dalles, Oregon has been featured in an article on goodfruit.com. Ryan manages about 800 acres at R&D Orchards where he grows cherries, pears and apples. Although Ryan didn't always want to be farmer by the age of 23 he was in charge of 200 acres in Parkdale, Oregon and has been growing ever since. Read Ryan's advice for new growers starting out below.What would you tell new growers starting out Farmings not easy. If it was, everybody would do it. Dont expect to get the cushy job riding around in the pickup right off the bat. Youre going to put in your hours. When I was first starting out it was frost...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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